What is the reality of an older student(68) who is a brand new nursing graduate being hired for a position? If there really is a nursing shortage, are agencies and hospitals hiring new nurses who are in their sixties and seventies? I just read about a nursing student who is 73 years old. My wife has major concerns that I will spend lots of time, money, and effort, only to be jobless. I really want to do this, but I completely understand her point.
Please help as I will soon start to register for prerequisite classes. Also, I know well the nursing profession as I spent 25 years as firefighter/EMT working out of a small clinic whose only provider was a PA or nurse practitioner in remote bush Alaska. Thank you in advance for your responses.
Will I be able to get a nursing job?
I absolutely think that you can get a job. I think that you have more life experience and common sense than majority of the 20-somethings graduating from nursing school. The only thing that will stand in your way is you! When you interview you have to sell yourself. You’ll have to tell them what they’re getting by hiring you. You’re not just a new nurse you have value. If you’re confident and knowledgeable the job is yours.
Good luck – you can do it! 🙂
I was a police officer for 20 years, retired and went back to school at 54, did prereqs and 2 yr ADN program and graduated at 57, worked as an RN at a private practice until getting my BSN in May 2017 at 59. I then jumped right into an MSN program for Adult NP and also was fortunate to be accepted/ hired for an ED Residency at a hospital. I can’t say it’s been easy, but I can say it has been well worth the effort. Some may have thought me crazy for such an endeavor, but there are many who realize the value of an older student/nurse-ESPECIALLY the patients. Age is just a number; what we may lack in stamina we make up for with wisdom. You’ll never regret it!
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